08.09.2010

Reading group practices

  • The teacher starts by establishing the reading circle’s goals, grounds for completion and assessment, and practicalities in cases of absence and compensation.
  • If possible, the teacher hands out the texts and assignments before the first meeting. Reading circles may include e.g. pre-assignments.
  • In reading circles, the reading process is different from studying for examinations. The purpose is not to absorb as much information as possible, but instead to read with a clear purpose, trying to see the big picture and detect cause-effect relationships.
  • In reading circles, students are expected to actively participate in the meetings, read and discuss the given texts, complete the given assignments, and comply with the goals set for the reading circle.
  • If required, students should think about their learning objectives in relation to the reading circle’s goals and programme in advance e.g. by writing a learning diary. Similarly, at the end of the course, students are encouraged to complete a self-assessment in regard to achieving their set goals and improving their content competence and other skills (reading and analysing scientific texts, etc.).
  • Assessment is based on active participation, presentations, group work, and written assignments, in accordance with the agenda of the reading circle in question.